Lebanon is in the midst of catastrophic political and economic crises. The August 4th explosion at the Port of Beirut left an estimate of $4 billion in damages while over 50 percent of the population slips into poverty, the Lebanese pound plummets, and hospitals struggle to keep up with the influx of patients due to COVID-19. Beirut lost six months’ worth of medicines stored at the port with this explosion. Yet in spite of a badly damaged port, our airlifts extended a lifeline to Beirut hospitals in their crippling moments.
After the port blast, the Ghassan and Manal Saab Foundation and the American Task Force on Lebanon (ATFL) began a national coordinated effort to airlift medical and pharmaceutical supplies and equipment to Lebanon. Our approach focuses on sending urgently needed medicines and medical supplies to Lebanon's hospitals by coordinating with experienced NGOs like Anera, Afya Foundation, and Direct Relief, in addition to US government agencies.
Thanks to the generous hearts of so many, we succeeded in airlifting more than $50 million of needed medications, medical supplies and equipment to Beirut in the aftermath of the devastating explosions.
We are utilizing the Center for Arab American Philanthropy's ("CAAP") platform to fundraise solely for the procurement, collection, shipment and distribution of medical supplies, surgical supplies and personal protective equipment for Lebanese hospitals in need. Your contribution is tax-deductible in the U.S. and 100% of your dollar will go toward the initiative.
A Chance to Give Back
We are so proud of the many Lebanese-American philanthropists and affiliated charities who have joined this initiative to effectuate relief in our beloved Beirut. Thank you to those apart of the Lebanon Relief Working Group who put this together: Ambassador Edward Gabriel, Manal Saab, Jean AbiNader, Rashal Baz Zureikat, Micheline and Francois Nader, The Ghassan and Manal Saab Foundation, The JESRA Foundation, Emilie and Dina Haddad, Faysal Saab, Zaher Akl, Akram AbouKhalil, Anis Abdul-Karim, Kamal and Yasmine Shouhayib, Samer and Rihab Suki and Wasseem Kabbara. We also thank the following organizations who cooperated in this effort: American Task Force on Lebanon, Anera, Direct Relief, Afya Foundation, Jobs for Lebanon, Cedars Relief and People-to-People Aid.
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Logistics and Shipment
Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay.
People to People Aid Corp.
On the Ground in Lebanon
People to People Aid is our partner on the grounds in Lebanon. It is an American not for profit 501c3 organization with a mission to initiate, develop, and execute various humanitarian aid programs at the grassroots level.